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Oct 11, 2012 11:35pm EDT
governor romney pays on his federal income tax. >> reporter: ryan got personal. >> joe and i are from similar towns. he's from pennsylvania, i'm from wisconsin. you know what the unemployment rate in scranton is today? >> i sure do. >> it's 10%. >> yeah. >> you know what it was the day you guys came in? 8.5%. that's how it's going all around america. >> reporter: for a vice presidential debate, the stakes were high tonight. after mitt romney's big win in denver and president obama's no-show performance there, biden needed to stop the bleeding. ryan was going for the jugular, seeking to build the momentum republicans are feeling. >> the next time you hear them say, don't worry about it, we'll get a few wealthy people to pay their fair share, watch out, middle class. the tax bill is coming to you. >> reporter: there was a stark generation gap on that stage tonight. joe biden, born in 1942, is older than the baby boomers. paul ryan, born in 1970, is younger than the baby boomers. and ryan looks it. today, "time" magazine published photos taken last year and on newsstands friday of ryan f
ABC
Oct 11, 2012 9:00pm EDT
blamed the youtube video, now, they are trying to blame the romney/ryan ticket for making this an issue. with respect to iraq, we had the same position before the withdrawal, which was, we agreed with the obama administration, let's have an agreement to make sure we secure our gain. the vice president was put in charge of those negotiations by president obama. and they failed to get the agreement. we don't have an agreement because they failed to get one. that's what we were talking about. when it comes to our veterans, we owe them a great debt of gratitude for what they've done for us, including your son, beau. but we also want to make sure that we don't lose the things we fought to hard to get. and with respect to afghanistan, the 2014 deadline, we agree with a 2014 transition. we want to make sure we're not projecting weakness abroad. that's what's happening here. this benghazi issue would be a tragedy in and of itself, but unfortunately, it's indicative of a broader problem. and that is, what we are watching on our tv screens is the unraveling of the obama foreign policy. which is m
ABC
Oct 14, 2012 10:00am EDT
too much and overshadowed the substance of what he was saying. the romney/ryan ticket has a new tv ad. >> did they come in and inherit a tough situation? absolutely. we're going in the wrong direction. look at where we are. the economy is barely limping along. don't raise taxes on small businesses. they're our job creators. >> smiling and laughing while congressman ryan was talking about serious issues. was his body language at all, his facial expressions counterproductive? >> not at all. i'm happy to defend my dad. i don't think he needs defending. anytime folks on the far right are going after my father for smiling too much, that's a victory. my father spoke clearly to the american people about the facts. he did that for 90 minutes straight. this is not about how much my father smiled or how many gallons of water the congressman drank nervously on the stage. it's about talking directly to the american people about very important facts. what you say from my father was him articulating the vision that he and the president have and continuing to build the middle class out and take the
ABC
Oct 14, 2012 8:00am EDT
members of the romney/ryan team make that suggestion. they think the media is ready to write the obama comeback story. it's romney's proposition to try to stand in the way of that. by being just as aggressive on tuesday as he was in the last debate. >> how much concern are you hearing from both camps about the fine line they have to walk in terms of attacking while in this pretty delicate town hall style format where regular voters don't like that kind of vitriol? >> it's a good question because, the bottom line is, when you attack people, if i were to attack you right now, your negative ratings would go up. people watching the show would think less of you based on what i said. mine would, too, because people would think less of me for attacking. that's the delicate dance the candidates have to do. i think the town hall makes that a challenge for both romney and obama there. >> jake tapper, our senior white house correspondent, soon to be chief white house correspondent, who knees where he'll go from there? jake, thank you very much. he has a big show today. his guests include ohio sen
ABC
Oct 13, 2012 7:00am EDT
? >> reporter: after no knockout blow in the vice presidential debate. but the romney/ryan team sees an opening. not on the economy, which is improving. but rather, the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya, which resulted in the death of the ambassador and three other americans. >> he is doubling down on denial. when the vice president of the united states directly contradicts the testimony, sworn testimony of state department officials, american citizens have a right to know just what's going on. >> reporter: romney was referring to the debate. one of the first questions from abc's martha raddatz. asking joe biden why there wasn't more security in benghazi, libya. >> we weren't told they wanted more security. we did not know they wanted more security. >> reporter: who is the we in that statement? just the white house, says the president's spokesman. this story has such a big chance of spinning out of control, that secretary of state clinton, went before cameras to try and explain. >> to this day, we do not have a complete picture. >> reporter: the romney's team move, part of a search for unde
ABC
Oct 11, 2012 5:00am EDT
, kentucky tonight. debate preparations for romney -- for ryan have included a mock debates all across the country and he spent a day and a half preparing in st. petersburg, florida. >> are you ready? >> i am. >> he described what he is up against in an interview with cnn. >> joe biden has been doing this a long time. he ran for president twice and he's been on a big stage many times before so that's new for me. i'm doing my homework and studying the issues. the problem he has is he has barack obama's record than he has to run on. >> joe biden offer to this last week in iowa. >> i'm looking forward to it. what i have been doing mostly is studying up on his position on the issues. governor romneyand governor romney. i don't want to say anything in the debates that's not completely accurate. >> the moderator for tonight's debate is causing. martha raddatz. there's a report that president obama attended her wedding. the couple divorced in 1997. abc news is looking into whether it that represents bias. log on to night during the debate to react from your compatible smartphone, a tablet, or
ABC
Oct 7, 2012 11:35pm EDT
with the american public. and i'm just hopeful that mr. ryan will tell the truth. >> romney's former debate coach gave his opinion on how the next debate will go. >> i am sure that vice president biden got a phone call from the who is and said look, we didn't go after governor romney as much and so you have got to turn up the heat. >> i think both men will be very prepared. >> biden says he's ready. >> all debates are tough. but i'm looking forward to it. i really am. >> foreign and domestic policy issues will be in play thursday night. it's the only vice-presidential debate before the november 6 election. i'm christina mugler reporting. >> this thursday's vice-presidential debate may actually end up being the most watched v.p. showdown to date. >> that's due in large part to presidential debate that still has many people talking and we're joined by political deputy white house edward isaac dovar. thank you for being with us. how damaging was president obama's performance during the debate on wednesday is this >> a lot of people have been very conc
ABC
Oct 11, 2012 2:35am EDT
. wade. yes. >> before he left for kentucky. ryan was grilled by report ears but romney seeming to downplay what he would do about abortion as president. >> our position is unified, consistent and hasn't changed. >> the president agreed that romney has been consistent. >> governor romney has made very clear that, itch a bill comes to his desk that overturns roe v. wade he will be supportive of that. he said i will appoint justice that will overturn roe v. wade. and, now, four weeks before an election, he is trying to cloud the question. >> reporter: it will be biden/ryan on stage here tonight. but it will certainly be policies of the president and mitt romney up for debate. john, sunny, back to you. >>> vice presidential debate under way at 9:00 eastern time. our own martha raddatz will moderate the debate. you can see it live right here on abc. >> who knows what joe biden might say. loose cannon. >> everybody will watch it. loose cannon. known as the best debater in the senate. so, ryan has work cut out. >> last presidential election greaten the debate. >> sort of the everyday
ABC
Oct 11, 2012 6:30pm EDT
most trusted advisors." ryan's challenge? to be seen as credible and keep romney's momentum going. in most battleground states, the race is essentially tied, and obama's lead in ohio appears to be narrowing. ryan has only previously participated in around eight debates for his congressional seat. the vice president has run for president twice, debating 16 times, plus squaring off against sarah palin for the gig he has now. >> can i call you joe? >> reporter: biden has been cramming, studying ryan's positions and the book, "young guns," the book that the congressman co-wrote, looking for fodder. >> i just want to make sure when i say these things that i don't have the congressman saying, "no, no, no, i don't have that position." >> reporter: though he is known for gaffes and verbosity, the structure of the debates seems to help him, forcing him to be concise and stick to script. >> he's fast on the cuff. he's a witty guy. he knows who he is and he's been doing this for 40 years. >> reporter: in addition to watching clips of the vice president's many debates, ryan has studied news c
ABC
Oct 12, 2012 7:00am EDT
over romney's infamous comments about the 47% of americans who don't pay income taxes. ryan turned it back on biden. >> i think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way. >> reporter: now, there will be a lot of discussion over who was stronger last night. biden or ryan. but i've got to tell you, around here, there was one clear consensus winner. and that was the moderator, martha raddatz, who taught the world what we all know around here, george. you don't mess with martha. >> that is for sure. >> it was a lively time. >> martha, congratulations. you did such a great job. here's the question i really want to know. as the debate unfolded, was it the debate you prepared for? the one you saw in your head as you wrote the questions out? >> i think i was surprised that i got in as many follow-ups. and you've done this, george. you try to listen and you try to react to what they're saying. i had a lot of follow-ups and questions written. but when you're there and in the moment, you really have to go with what's happening. so,
ABC
Oct 12, 2012 2:35am EDT
was able to do last week. he also cam out aggressively against the romney policies by going after paul ryan very strongly. that is also something we didn't see last week from president obama. but congressman ryan really held his own tonight. i think they did an effective job. of course as i said earlier. both side are claiming victory. this is really setting up a narrative going into next week's debate between the president and mitt romney. >> draw probably is the best word, karen. do you think from your perspective, this changes the race in any significant way? or is this kind of a footnote? >> yeah, it is unlikely it will shake up this race in any major way. because vice presidential debates don't usually do that. remember this is really all about the person at the top of the ticket. president obama/mitt romney. what this does do, give democrats a little bounce in their step. there were some very nervous democrats over the last week so despondent over the president's performance didn't want to have to come out and see vice president biden lose. they would be 0-2. there are four debates. t
ABC
Oct 11, 2012 7:00am EDT
romney said he is confident ryan will have a strong performance. >> i think paul ryan will do great. thank you. >> reporter: in an exclusive interview with diane sawyer, the president talked about what he expects from joe biden. >> what's your message to joe biden about tomorrow night? >> you know, i think joe just needs to be joe. >> reporter: biden scored points in his last debate four years ago, in what turned out to be the most-watched vice presidential debate in history. >> the notion that somehow because i'm a man, i don't know what it's like to raise two kids alone. i don't know what it's like to have a child you're not sure is going to make it -- i understand. i understand. >> emotional moment four years ago, jon. the audience could top that audience tonight. and it's coming as we're getting new, solid polls from the key battleground states of virginia, florida and ohio. >> reporter: yeah. this is the key thing. we've seen a national polls, romney has gained on the president in some cases. actually moved ahead of the president. now, what we're seeing that romney is gaining i
ABC
Oct 7, 2012 5:30pm EDT
with the american public. i'm just hopeful that mr. ryan will tell the truth. >> from a's farmer debate coach give his opinion on how the next will go -- romney's former coach gave his opinion. >> we did not go after him so you need to turn up the heat. >> biden says he's ready. foreign and domestic policy issues will both be in play. it's the only vice-presidential debate before the november 6th election. >> another note, the presidential candidates are out campaigning while their running mates are preparing for the debate. romney is spending a third day in florida and the president come as you can see, will be rallying support in los angeles. >> senate hopefuls in virginia will be facing off in a debate tomorrow in richmond. that will be held on october 18th on the virginia tech campus. there are running for webb's open seat. >> tonight, we have a metro service update. work on the red line is forcing trains to single track between judiciary square and fort totten. between stadium-armory and cheverly. "extend through closing monday because it is a holiday weekend. -- work will extend through mond
ABC
Oct 14, 2012 9:00am EDT
that the 7.8% unemployedment number was cooked? >> i think that the obama-romne debate, romney came across as somebody witsome stature and you cou visualize him in the white house. fast f forward to the debate between paul ryan and vice esident biden and uc paul ryan not as vice president, but perhaps the head of the office of management and budget. [crosstalk] >> the girl wants to say something. >> why should she be allowed? >> well, because she should. >> i thohought it was interesting that, paul ryan, who was talking about the economimic stuff you know, he h has in his own band some of you can criticize him for his veracity, but he did fine. when it c came to foreign policy, you can almost see the flip cards in his brain. it had no similitude to real knowledge of the then having crammed for the exam -- real knowledge other r than van ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] combine the pnc cashbuilder viscredit card with a quala ifying pnc performance select checking account and earn 75% more than cards earning 1% cash bk on almost everything. >> we did not
ABC
Oct 10, 2012 6:30pm EDT
to be joe. congressman ryan is a smart and effective speaker. but his yood ideas are the wro ones. and joe understands that. >> reporter: message to mitt romney? about tuesday night? >> well, i don't need to send a message to mitt romney. i think he will, once again, be very well prepared. you know, he -- you know, he makes a good power point presentation. i look forward to seeing hill. >> reporter: and he says, taking him on, on issues where he shifted, like legal abortion. during the primaries, the governor made it clear he would like to see a repeal of roe versus wade. but yesterday, in an interview, he said this. "there's no legislation with regards to abortion that i'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda." >> well, look. this is -- this is another example of governor romney to sixes he's been campaigning on for a year and a half. >> reporter: is it a lie? >> governor romney has made very clear that if a bill comes to his desk that overturns roe versus wade, that he will be fully supportive of that. and he said, i will appoint justices that will overturn roe versus wade.
ABC
Oct 10, 2012 6:00am EDT
home run. -- brian zimmerman - ryan is armond had a walk off home run. >> talk about the race for president. the race is tightening and less than one month to go before the election. mitt romney continues in ohio. >> president obama is expected to be at the white house taking care of presidential duties. that does not mean his campaign is taking a break. there are surrogates out there today. mitt romney is back in ohio, hoping to gain more momentum. as the race for the white house winds down the battle over swing states is heating up. >> alright, but guys, we need you. we need you fired up. >> a new poll shows a tightening race in ohio. obama is leading met ron the 51- 47% among likely voters. mitt romney is spending another i in the buckeye state. >> i have been watching some of president obama's rallies. they chant "four more years." the right chad should be "for more weeks." >> big bird remains the top of the tao. >> gunner romney plans to let wall street run wild but he will bring the hammer down on sesame street. >> obama campaign says it is important issue because pbs fu
ABC
Oct 14, 2012 6:00pm EDT
some of those today, as well. >> ryan, thanks. >>> we move on to "your voice, your vote." the election just 23 days away. two sets of numbers we're watching closely tonight, the latest gallup poll showing governor romney holding a slight lead. 49/47 but both are looking at these numbers from ohio, as well, the battleground state that might decide this. the president with a narrow margin there. tuesday's debate between mitt romney and the president more crucial and the president's team acknowledging there will be changes and david kerley at the white house tonight. >> hello, everybody, hello. i brought some food. >> reporter: president obama took a break today to visit a campaign office, now into his second day of intense debate preparation. >> how is it going, sir? >> it is going great. >> reporter: the president is holed up at this williamsburg, virginia, resort walking and enjoying the scenery, we are told, between sessions. far from the campaign trail, preparing for his rematch with romney. >> i don't think in the history of recorded presidential debates has there been such a moment
ABC
Oct 9, 2012 2:35am EDT
-identified republicans were up in the post-debate polls. the wind has been at romney's back. for sure. the composition changed and changed numbers as well. >> i think, paul ryan's fourth debate since he has been in congress. definitely new to that game. joe biden has been around, 40-plus years in the senate. >> a long time. pressure on both. for sure. >> it will be high drama. one month after the deadly attack on the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans in benghazi we were learning more about security fears leading up to the assault. state department documents show the u.s. embassy in libya asked for a four-month extension for a 16-member security team and the team's commander tells abc news, that ambassador chris stevens wanted the security force to stay even longer, past august. but no request was actually received. in fact, a request for an extension past august, it was, never made even though it had been confirmed and it was granted. but they had never actually put that request through. but tragic, if indeed that request was never made. >> conditions in the country were worsening. of
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